Sunday, March 2, 2008

Into the Backcountry

Mary, Rockett and I took a 2 day backcountry trip in and around Mammoth Lakes in the Californian High Sierra. We learned a bunch of new techniques, mostly for going *uphill* - and much about avalanche awareness.

There's something very satisfying about knowing you earned every downhill turn by having climbed for it first. Even more gratifying was the fresh powder we got to ski from a storm 48 hours earlier. I think we'll be back very soon. Perhaps that's why they call it the backcountry.

Tip: click the grey play button in the center of the video to play it in this page (clicking outside the play button will take you to the youtube website and play the video there).

Contrails linger in the cold sky above Mono Lake on the way to Mammoth.

Our guide Neil, Rockett and Mary ski towards Red Cone, our destination on day 2.

Rockett learns to read the subtle signs of the backcountry...

... and how to perform oh-so-elegant uphill kick turns.

Mary skis a gully on the decent from Red Cone.

Happy skiers framed by our first tracks down Red Cone Bowl.

A stitch-together of sunset over Mono Lake. Click on the picture for a decent sized version.

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